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The movie begins with a rather improbable chase through the deserted streets of London. McAvoy pursues Strong relentlessly and single-handedly before being shot through the knee. With Strong escaping, McAvoy's knee injury remains a physical reminder of this fateful night that changed his career irrevocably. Fast forwarding three years, McAvoy is distant and surly. Paired with Riseborough, the two are investigating a recent shooting that is leading nowhere. When, however, Strong's son is apprehended with a gunshot wound, department attention shifts to the potential to draw his father out of hiding. As Strong returns to action to find out what happened to his son, a reinvigorated McAvoy sees a chance at redemption.Read more ›
The film opens in medias res with a robbery where one perpetrator Jacob Sternwood (the always reliable Mark Strong is a very sold portrayal) wounds eager detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy looking a bit scruffy with a wannabe beard) in the leg. Three years later the story begins. Now `former criminal' Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son Ruan (the very handsome and sensitive and underused Elyes Gabel) is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. His partner is a female version of Max - Sarah Hanks (Andrea Riseborough)- and the tow are under the leadership of detectives Thomas Geiger (David Morrissey) and Harvey Crown (Jason Flemyng). Events begin to change with eh entry of a new criminal Dean Warns (Johnny Harris) and his presence begins to open doors as to who is really a good guy and who is a bad guy. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy Jacob and Max both need to solve in order to survive.
The cast is uniformly fine, including the bit parts played by such actors as Daniel Kaluuya, Ruth Sheen, Daniel Mays and Dannielle Brent. The story involves good cop/bad cop, transformation of images, political snafus, and a lot of firepower. The plot is often too muddled to decipher but the action is fast and the acting is super. Grady Harp, April 13
An up-and-coming London detective (Max Lewinsky) gets shot in the leg by a notorious criminal (Jacob Sternwood) during a bank heist. The injury he sustains makes him limp. He becomes obsessed with catching the guy who did this to him. Few years later, an opportunity arises when the criminal's son, who also happens to follow in his father's footsteps, gets caught. The detective uses the son as a bait to lure in the criminal father. What the detective does not know is that the son is involved in a wider criminal scheme that will involve corrupt police officers, politicians, prominent weapon manufacturer, and a group of mercenaries...
What I have noticed lately is that James McAvoy has become a sort of English version of Leonardo DiCaprio...they almost look identical and both have made similar type of movies...ranging from comedies, dramas all the way to action.
Welcome to the Punch (2013) is just like other police-crime-drama-action movies made in England. So you if you liked: Blitz (2011), Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Layer Cake (2004), Get Carter (1971), Long Good Friday (1980), Revolver (2005), Rock n Rolla (2008), Snatch (2000), The Bank Job (2008), Blood (2012), The Crew (2008), Clubbed (2008), Bonded by Blood (2010), Essex Boys (trilogy), and a bunch of others...you will most likely also like this one.
I said that before and I will say it again: England (Great Britain) produced and is still producing ----the best action-police-crime movies in Europe, and one of the best in the world---- !!!
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This movie was a great movie starring James McAvoy as a police officer proving what an awesome actor he is. It was full of action and drama. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pat Howell
I really liked this movie. It is an action movie and was really very good.Published 9 months ago by Lori Perkins
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could have been a lot better. it left you hanging. so many ways i5 could have been betterPublished 12 months ago by zephod beeblebrox